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Reader Question: How do fireworks work?

This post is a response to a reader question.

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An anonymous six year-old asks: How do fireworks work?


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There are lots of different kinds of fireworks, but basically they work by launching a bundle of things into the air which explodes mid-air.

The different colors and arrangements that fireworks make is the result of how the bundle is arranged and the kinds of materials that are used.

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